ELECTRICITY FOR ALL PROGRAM

Affordable and sustainable energy

The group has launched a new objective in the 'Electricity for all' program to provide electricity to 16,000,000 people who currently do not have access by 2030.

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Today, there are calculated to be over 1.2 billion people with no access to essential power services, which negatively influences their quality of life and opportunities for development.

With the Electricity for all program, we are responding to the call made by the international community to bring universal access to modern forms of power, with provision models that are environmentally sustainable, economically viable and socially inclusive, linking its purpose with ODS 7.1. The Electricity for all program aims to ensure access to electricity in emerging and developing countries.

This ambitious initiative is centred on performing sustainable electrification actions, so we take advantage of our technical, logistical, organisational and financial capacity

Electricity for all has three lines of action:

  • financing projects through investment in capital
  • activities carried out by the businesses in the countries where Iberdrola has a presence
  • development of projects with a high social component, through NGOs and corporate volunteering.

From the launch of the Electricity for all program in January 2014, we have contributed to 4,000,000 people benefiting from access to electricity through projects carried out in different countries in Latin America and Africa, fulfilling our commitment for 2020 two years ahead of schedule. By the year 2030, we hope to reach 16,000,000 beneficiaries. This is an objective that the group announced in the 1st Ibero-American Conference on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), whick took place in Salamanca (España) in june of 2018.

'Electricity for all' program around the globe.'Electricity for all' program around the globe.

WITH THE DISADVANTAGED AREAS OF MEXICO

Iberdrola has invested 500,000 euros in the Mexican company ILUMEXICO solar projects, a developer of solar projects in disadvantaged areas. Created in 2009 and based in Mexico, it carries out lighting and electrification programs for homes, schools and clinics, and training in the country's rural areas.

This investment goes in line with United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7. In addition, it is part of the activities of the "Electricity for all" program, created to promote access to electricity in emerging and developing countries.

The investment was made through the International Startup program, Iberdrola's corporate venture capital program. This is Perseo's second investment in projects high-social-impact projects. Iberdrola is also investing in SunFunder, a start-up that finances off-grid solar projects in developing countries in Africa and Asia; these include BBOXX and OffGrid Electric.

IBERDROLA, HELPING REFUGEES

Iberdrola has joined the Alianza Shire, the first public-private alliance to bring electricity to refugee camps, with the purpose of analysing the needs of these refugee camps and proposing technical and organisational solutions to these energy needs.

This initiative was developed by an alliance of different entities to bring electricity to those who do not have access to basic services, with the purpose of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals; in particular, goal no. 7, which is aimed at ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, and no. 17, which is aimed at strengthening the implementation resources and revitalising the Global Sustainable Development Alliance.

For the next three years, Alianza Shire will develop a project to improve access to electricity by refugees living in the camps of Shimelba, Hitsats, Mai-Aini y Adi-Harush, located in the north of Ethiopia, as well as the local communities living close to them. For this, it will install off-grid photovoltaic systems and public lighting that will reach about 40,000 people.

Presentation of the project, with the participation of representatives of Alianza partners, together with the Spanish ambassador in Ethiopia, Borja Montesino Martínez del Cerro, and the EU ambassador in Ethiopia, Johan Borgstam.Presentation of the project, with the participation of representatives of Alianza partners, together with the Spanish ambassador in Ethiopia, Borja Montesino Martínez del Cerro, and the EU ambassador in Ethiopia, Johan Borgstam.

In 2017, Alianza ended its first project of access to energy in Adi-Harush camp, where over 8,000 refugees live. Several facilities were connected to the electricity grid (a school, community kitchens, small businesses) and four kilometres of public lightening were installed. The initiative was carried out together with the refugees, who were trained in technical concepts for the installation and maintenance of these infrastructures.

This project had many impacts: deforestation has decreased in the area — wood gathering mainly —, emissions of pollutant gases derived from burning of firewood and diesel have decreased and a greater security has been achieved for girls and women in night time hours.

These good outcomes have led Alianza Shire to spread it to new camps in the region, starting now a co-creation process with the entities involved, the refugees and the local population so that the extension of access to energy also creates opportunities for training, generation of small businesses, employment, etc.

According to ACNUR, we are facing the highest forced displacement figures caused by conflicts since the Second World War, with over 60 million people forced to abandon their homes due to wars, violence or persecution. Over 20 million of these people are refugees, more than half are children and 86% are refugees in the poorest countries of the planet. With over 900,000 refugees (ACNUR, May 2018), Ethiopia is one of the main recipient countries of the world and the second in Africa. Ethiopia is the country with the largest number of refugees in Africa. Many of these refugees live in camp sites, where access to the grid is very limited, in bad condition or it does not exist.

ALLIANCE WITH ACADEMIA

The Chair for the Sustainable Development Goals, at the Centre for Innovation in Technologies for Human Development, of the Technical University of Madrid (itdUPM), is a strategic tool to address the challenges of the international sustainability agenda.

This Chair is configured as a space for shared learning and support for the implementation of the ODS in Iberdrola.

With the "Electricity for all" program, we are showing our commitment to society, research, innovation and access to electricity in emerging and developing countries.